No. 16 Michigan State dispatches Rutgers for ninth win

No. 16 Michigan State dispatches Rutgers for ninth win

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke accrued 278 whole yards to set a faculty season document for a sophomore quarterback within the No. 16 Spartans’ 40-7 win over Rutgers at Excessive Level Options Stadium on Saturday.

Lewerke has Three,206 yards of whole offense this season, eclipsing Connor Cook dinner, who handed and ran for two,928 yards for the Spartans in 2013. Lewerke accomplished 21 of 31 passes for 222 yards and a TD, and he ran for 56 yards on 13 carries, together with a Four-yard run within the fourth earlier than he was lifted.

Redshirt freshman Matt Coghlin related on a career-high 4 discipline objectives to assist the Spartans reverse their document of Three-9 final season. Michigan State (9-Three, 7-2 Huge Ten) received six of its final eight video games.

Rutgers beginning quarterback Gio Rescigno failed to finish his first three passes of the sport and was lifted for Johnathan Lewis, who was 6-of-16 for 98 yards, with two interceptions and a landing. The Scarlet Knights (Four-Eight, Three-6) managed simply 14 yards on 12 carries towards the Huge Ten’s second stingiest group towards the run.

The Scarlet Knights had been trying to develop into bowl eligible for the primary time since 2014, however they misplaced their final three video games by a mixed 103 factors to Penn State (35-6), Indiana (41-Zero) and Michigan State.

The Spartans had the ball for 47:50. Rutgers had it for under 12:10.

Gerald Holmes scored on the primary play of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard bolt for a 26-7 Michigan State cushion.

Michigan State scored on its first three possessions of the sport for a 13-Zero benefit. Rutgers had solely seven performs for Three yards within the first quarter.

Rutgers minimize the result in 13-7 on a 42-yard scoring strike from Lewis to a wide-open Raheem Blackshear in the course of the sector with 14:05 left within the second.

Coghlin’s third discipline objective of the half, a 46-yarder that tied his career-high, supplied Michigan State with a 16-7 lead with 7:14 to go within the second. The Spartans held the Scarlet Knights to 72 yards within the half.

Coghlin added a 32-yard field-goal within the third for a 19-7 lead.

NOTES: Rutgers managed solely 5 first downs, in comparison with 27 for Michigan State. … The Spartans transformed 13 of 21 third-down possibilities, whereas Rutgers was Zero-6. … Rutgers honored its 27 seniors in a ceremony earlier than the sport. … The Scarlet Knights have 9 wins over ranked opponents of their historical past. The best ranked group they defeated was No. 2 USF in 2007. … In response to the NCAA, Michigan State has performed the eighth-most tough schedule within the FBS.